Roecroft Lower School

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Miss Ashby - Reception

Cygnets

Hello and welcome to the wonderful Cygnet class. The children that are taught by myself, Miss Ashby, and are assisted in the classroom by the lovely Mrs Dyball. Starting school is such an exciting time and we are really looking forward to the children beginning their learning journey with us at Roecroft. 

Welcome to Cygnet Class!

Once the children start with us on Monday, the first couple of weeks will involve settling into school life and the new routines, making new friends and working together. We will start to become enthusiastic learners and make some wonderful new displays for our classroom to create ourselves a wonderful learning environment where we can learn and have fun every day. 

Our topic this term is ‘Who Am I?’ We will be finding out about where we live and different types of houses and homes, thinking about how we have changed from a baby and sharing our interests and hobbies with our friends as well as investigating our own features and what makes us all unique. Family photos will be displayed in the classroom and the children have the opportunity to tell everyone about those special people in their lives.

During the second half of the term our learning will be based on the topic 'Let's Celebrate!' We will begin an exciting few weeks learning about bonfire night, birthdays, the Hindu celebration of Diwali and then culminating in our Christmas festivities!

In Cygnet class we enjoy developing our speaking and listening skills in front of the class and with groups of our friends during our special circle times, big talk and show and tell sessions. We have bought in some very interesting items from home to share and talk about and enjoy sharing our news with our friends.

We strive to make Cygnet class a fun, happy and safe place to learn as well as making your child's first year at Roecroft fun, action packed and full of learning and memories.

Daily Routine

Doors open at 8.50am for children to come into school. Children line up on the playground in their class lines and their teacher will come out to get them. Children come into the classroom, put their book bags, coats, water bottles and any other belongings away, complete their self registration and sit themselves on the carpet to answer the register and ready to start the day.

During the morning we have rolling snack where the children wash their hands, pour their own milk, help themselves to water and choose their snack. This is an opportunity for a social time with friends to sit, eat and chat together while developing independence, social and personal self-care skills. 

Children have access to the outdoor area throughout the day where they mix with friends in the other two reception classes. We have a large canopied area so children can be outside in all weathers as well as the large playground. 

Children go for their lunch in the dining room at 11.45am until 1pm with their lunchtime supervisor. They make their menu choice in the morning during registration and the lunchtime staff then ensure they are given the correct option. Children then sit with their friends to eat their lunch as well as the children having packed lunch. Then when they are finished the children go outside.

School finishes at 3.25 and parents wait on the playground for the children to be sent out, one at a time, when a designated person is there to collect them.

Phonics

Through the ‘read-write-inc’ phonics scheme we use at Roecroft we will begin to learn the set 1 sounds. Children always enjoy learning the different sounds and the rhymes used for handwriting. All children will have a phonics booklet sent home with the sounds of the set they are learning. When your child moves onto a new sound set, a new booklet will be sent home for you to practice with them. Children really enjoy their phonics sessions and, learning the handwriting rhymes, meeting ‘Fred the Frog’ who helps to sound out words and blend words with our partners and trying our best to be ‘star of the session’. Children always make some fabulous progress and become more confident every day, but practicing at home will always support this. 

PE

PE days for Cygnets is on a Friday, however PE kits can be kept in school on your child’s peg all week. Black shorts and Roecroft PE t-shirt is perfect for indoor PE. Children don’t need trainers as they will be in the hall until the weather is warmer in the summer. A letter will be sent home asking for outdoor shoes when we need them.

Reading, Green Words, Red Words and Library Books

Your child’s reading book will be changed once a week, but please ensure that their reading book and reading record is stored in their book-bag and comes to school every day. Please ensure your child’s reading record is signed once you have listened to them read at home. It is important to listen to your child read as regularly as possible to develop these early reading skills, so please don’t simply read the story to your child and ask them to repeat it back to you, or just tell them what the words say. It is very important they are the ones sounding out and blending the words to read, therefore developing their decoding skills. They also have a comprehension card in their reading folder with questions for you to ask your child when they are reading. This is very important alongside their reading skills to ensure they understand the context of the books. The day your child’s book is changed is on a sticker on the front of their reading folder and reading record.

Alongside their reading book your child will also have a library book. This is also changed once a week but these days can rotate and change. Therefore, it is important that this book is also kept in your child’s book bag. This is a fiction or nonfiction book of their choice from our school library that can be read to them at home and shared together.

Over the year there are also a selection of green key words that are sent home. These are perfect for keeping in a little tin or pencil case and using and practicing regularly to develop blending and sight reading. All of these green words are words in which your child can sound out and blend together, for example, ‘d-o-g, dog’ ‘p-a-t, pat’ or ‘th-i-nk, think.’ Please ensure you practice these with your child as frequently as possible alongside their reading to develop these important early literacy skills. Once your child is confident with them, so they can sound them out independently, cut off the sound buttons and children can then read them on sight, without sounding them out. This will help to develop their reading fluency and is an important skill to learn. Children can also work on writing these words independently, sounding them out accurately and using them in sentences. As we work our way through the ‘read-write-inc’ phonics scheme that we use at Roecroft, you will notice more of these words being sent home for your child to practice.

Finally, children will also have ‘red words’ which are words children have to learn by sight that cannot be sounded out, for example ‘was’ ‘I’ ‘you’ ‘the’ ‘said.’ Please practice these at home regularly as this will also help to develop your child’s fluency when reading and they can also apply this knowledge to their writing. We test these in school on a regular basis, and the next set will be sent home to learn once the previous set have been confidently learnt. 

Homework - Doodle Maths

Your child will have a log in to the 'Doodle Maths' app which can be accessed on tablet computers, phones, laptops and PC's. Children can earn stars in a virtual world to build their own avatar. Children should complete their daily questions as well as playing the other maths games and activities available to them. Teachers will monitor children's progress and award a 'Doodle Star of the Week' for those children who are consistently answering questions and earning stars on a daily basis.